March-April 2011

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In Which the Proposed New U.S. Passport Application Gets Shredded

Does the State Dept. really want to know about my background in telemarketing?

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In Which I Con My Family into Writing My Column for Me

Twelve guidelines for a successful family beach vacation.

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In Which I Give Advice for Spring Break Success That Does Not Include Jell-O Shooters

Travel hassles abound during Spring Break.

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In Which the Pediatrician Adds Sibling Rivalry to His Treatment Plan

In the doctor’s office, everyone can hear you scream.

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In Which Someone Wants a Pet Snake

Can a reptile teach responsibility?

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“Semi-Charmed Life is a blog about my personal impressions of life in the Maryland suburbs and the greater D.C. Metropolitan Area. How’s that for giving myself permission to write about anything? There we go: It’s a blog about anything. Please stay tuned.”

Paula Whyman is an award-winning writer who grew up in Montgomery County. Her stories can be found in literary journals and anthologies, and her humor essays have appeared in The Washington Post and on National Public Radio. She is working on a novel. Plus, she can teach any dog to sit.

For more on Paula and her work, see www.paulawhyman.com. Also see Bethesda World News, the parody newspaper founded by Paula’s alter ego, Isabel Brooke.

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